Floyd Mayweather Next Fight: Breaking Down Best Matchups for Money May

Kelsey McCarsonFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2013

Floyd Mayweather Next Fight: Breaking Down Best Matchups for Money May

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    Floyd Mayweather's win against Robert Guerrero Saturday night leaves him with five bouts on his Showtime contract. At age 36, Money May just might be at the tail end of his illustrious career.

    So who should he fight next? Since he considers himself the best to ever lace up the gloves, here's hoping he has big things in mind.

    To that end, here are the five fighters we think he should consider for his next fight. In fact, here are the five fighters we think he should end his career facing in the ring. 

Canelo Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs)

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    Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is the top ranked junior middleweight in the world. Alvarez wears the WBC and RING magazine title belts, is coming off his most impressive win as a professional and is just 22 years of age. 

    Canelo presents an interesting style match-up for Mayweather. He's naturally larger than the diminutive Mayweather but has quick hands. In his win over Austin Trout last month, Alvarez showed an ability to outbox a boxer to go along with his powerful punching.

    The fight has been rumored for awhile now, so don't be surprised if you see it happen later this year. A win over Canelo would crown Mayweather the lineal junior middleweight champion. 

Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs)

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    Where Alvarez would represent a chance for Mayweather to stave off a young lion, a fight against the 38-year-old Sergio Martinez would feature two grand old masters nearing their last hurrahs. Martinez is the linear middleweight champion, a claim he won back in 2010 versus Kelly Pavlik

    If Mayweather chooses to take on Martinez, he could take the fight at 160 and take a crack at that historically important crown. While he'd be giving up weight to the larger Martinez, he'd also quiet critics who say he only takes fights on his terms

    Martinez is a bit undersized as a middleweight so it's conceivable Mayweather would match-up fairly well against him, but the hard-hitting southpaw also has the athletic ability to give Money May real problems. 

Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs)

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    While Mayweather would be a heavy favorite against Amir Khan, the fight would serve several notable purposes.

    First, Mayweather is rumored to have interest in showcasing his skills across the pond. Unless he plans on bringing a dance partner along with him, Khan is the best option simply because of his size and star power. 

    Next, Khan's amazingly fast hands and long arms would present Mayweather a puzzle he hasn't quite seen before. Talent-wise, Khan is world class. Could he keep Mayweather busy enough defending himself via shoulder roll to keep his shaky chin out of harm's way? 

    Finally, the fight would be just plain enjoyable to watch. Mayweather's skills are always a pleasure for fight fans to behold, and Amir Khan seems to be incapable of being in a boring fight. He's either looking flashy or trying to stay from laying flat on his back.

    That's just good television, folks. 

Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KOs)

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    While the sensationally talented Adrien Broner told Michael Woods of ESPN he would never fight Mayweather, don't be surprised to see these two share a ring together.

    As much as the two may get along outside the ring, money and ego will lead them towards each other eventually (assuming Mayweather fights long enough for Broner to establish himself at welterweight).

    Broner's first 147 pound assignment is against word titlist Pauli Malignaggi on June 22. Despite jumping up two full weight classes, Broner will be the favorite when the bell rings, and he should nab Malignaggi's belt when it's all said and done.

    The two are very similar in gifts and style, so in a way it'd be as close as Mayweather could get to fighting himself. It has to intrigue him. A win over Broner would be expected but highly valued legacy-wise, especially if Broner turns out to be as good as people think he'll be. 

Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs)

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    Like it or not, Floyd Mayweather's legacy will forever be tied to Manny Pacquiao. While the Filipino superstar is clearly on the slide as a prizefighter, his fast hands, southpaw stance and frenetic style would make for a good fight. 

    Pacquiao was just knocked cold by Juan Manuel Marquez last December, so it's imperative for Mayweather to make the fight happen as soon as possible. Pacquiao retirement rumors have swirled since at least 2010, though it appears he'll face either Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios sometime in November. 

    The absolute best case scenario for Mayweather would be a redo of 2010 circumstances, when the fervor for the proposed mega-fight was probably at its peak. If Mayweather were to go 4-0 against Alvarez, Martinez, Khan and Broner, and if Pacquiao did the same versus Alvarado, Rios, Marquez and Bradley, then we'd have one of the biggest fights in the history of boxing.